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>> the kappa sigma chapter is under fire after a racist e-mail went public. here's more on how the school is responding. >> less than a week after the incident with a oklahoma university fraternity singing a racist chant, a racist sexist e-mail from a member of a university of maryland
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fraternity has now surfaced. >> it shouldn't be happening at a big university like this. the way it was handled isn't appropriate. >> in the e-mail sent 14 months ago, an undergraduate member of the kappa sigma fraternity uses racial slurs to refer to black, indian and asian women and alludes to raping women during rush week. >> to be honest i can't stand that we have group life. >> in a statement, the university president says the university became aware of the e-mail on tuesday and calls it vulgar and says it expresses views that are reprehensible to the campus community. >> after even like the u.v.a. thing, i think it's tragic. >> he added the investigation led by the university office of public misconduct is under way and part of the probe will include trying to see if that e-mail was written and sent from inside the frat house here. today, students inside prefer
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not to comment. the fraternity's national chapter did take swift action sending a statement saying "upon learning of the e-mail the individual was immediately suspended. pending an investigation, the individual subsequently submitted a letter of resignation from kappa sigma." in college park, john gonzalez abc 7 news. >> the fraternity kicked out of the university of oklahoma now planning legal action against the university and possibly president david boren. it comes after video surfaced showing a racist chant by sigma alpha epsilon members. the frat has hired a high profile fraternity saying the group has outraged the fraternity was shut down and labelled as racist and bigots. m.p.d. investigating last night's deadly shooting at the potomac avenue metro station. a man was killed after trespassing on the tracks and being confronted by a metro transit police officer. >> according to metro, it was a
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train operator passing by in the tunnel who spotted the unidentified man on the tracks last night near the potomac avenue station. metro says he was not an employee, unauthorized to be there. so the operator called the rail operations control center who in turn called metro transit police at 8:53 p.m. who then dispatched an officer. according to d.c. police conducting the investigation, some 20 minutes later, around 9:10 p.m. that officer opened fire and the man was killed. >> the police try to do their best to protect but it is tragic you know, it's something that affects all of us. >> after last night's closure, the station reopened at the regular time this morning with normal service on the orange blue and silver lines but many riders are asking questions -- what happened? and why? >> what was he doing on the tracks? >> it's a shame somebody had to die. >> his body was found about 400 feet east of the platform. the officer was unharmed.
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it's unclear whether the man was armed or somehow threatened the officer or whether he died due to the shooting or the high voltage third rail. his identity is still unknown. in southeast, mike conneen, abc 7 news. >> this noon d.c. police asking for your help trying to find a missing woman. they issued a silver alert for 82-year-old patricia o'brien roach. she was last seen on oregon avenue northwest. she was wearing dark pants and a white sweater and carrying a tan purse. roach drives a tan 1999 toyota camry with new jersey tags. call police if you've seen her. an update now this noon on the latest ebola case. the american who recently tested positive for the virus is now at the national institutes of health in bethesda. officials there say the health care worker who is not being identified this noon contracted ebola while volunteering in sierra leone. the patient was transported to the u.s. in isolation on a chartered plane overnight. the patient's condition can still being evaluated.
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make sure you grab your umbrella today. it is going to be a wet start to the weekend. chief meteorologist doug hill is here now with a look at when the rain will get here. doug? >> all right jummy looking at a little sunshine right now. during the week we've been telling you that today's weather would be a matter of increasing cloudiness and it's under way as we speak. take a look live from the rooftop here in rosslyn. still see the sunshine. we see some high cloudiness. that will continue to slowly lower and thicken during the day. in advance of all this stuff. this is all rain. some pockets of heavy rain we'll see the rain develop here later this evening, probably after sunset. after the rush hour thankfully and the rain could be heavy at times overnight and through the day tomorrow. a lot of moisture to move in our direction. temperatures, cool, it won't be as warm as yesterday but it will be comfortable. climb in the 50's. currently, 47 degrees in the nation's capital. climb up to 53 degrees by this afternoon. more on the timing of the rain and we won't see a lot of rain from this system and a more detailed outlook of the weekend
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forecast to at least salvage part of the weekend for outdoor conditions. >> the massive man hunt continues this noon for the gunman who shot two police officers during protests in ferguson missouri. police questioned three people yesterday but no arrests were made. protesters were back on the streets again last night as city civil rights leaders tried to ease tensions. president obama on jimmy kimmel last night said the ferguson protests against systemic racism are understandable but violence is not. >> what had been happening in ferguson was oppressive and objectionable and was worthy of protest. but there was no excuse for criminal acts. >> there's now $13,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. the attorney general says the justice department and the f.b.i. could join in on the investigation. meantime investigators are on the scene of a medical helicopter crash in oklahoma. we know one person died and two
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others were injured when that aircraft went down late last night. f.a.a. officials say they don't believe a patient was on board. the ntsb will handle this investigation. right now, the northbound lanes on interstate 395 in virginia are shut down for a crash. this is at the seminary road in fairfax county. traffic is being detoured on to the service road next to 395. no word right now on any injuries or what caused that crash. well police are investigating several crashes that tied up traffic this morning. we know two people were injured in a crash on interstate 66 at u.s. 15 in prince william county. state police say a tractor-trailer and three passenger vehicles crashed just before 6:30. one person was flown to the hospital with serious injuries. the other victim was treated for nonlife threatening injuries. and in chantilly, a crash closed braddock road for about an hour this morning. no word on any injuries in this crash. authorities say ice was reported
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in that area at the time. and the metro transit police officer recovering this noon from injuries he received in a late night car crash in southeast d.c. police say the officer was in a head-on collision at the intersection of pennsylvania avenue and branch avenue. that officer, we're told, was taken to the hospital with nonlife threatening injuries electricity pole was hit during that crash and then while working on repairs this morning, pepco crews struck a water main. d.c. water now working on repairs as well. no word on when all of that will wrap up. new this noon we are learning about the tension behind d.c.'s streetcar program. transit union accuses streetcar managers of illegally firing a third of its employees in retaliation for union organizing. now, the union is calling on them to take over streetcar service. d.c. has already spent about $200 million on what's been planned as a $3 billion streetcar project. this noon we are learning more
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about the latest scandal in the secret service. the two senior agents allegedly drunk when they drove through a crime scene and crashed into a white house barrier. abc's susan solney has the latest on the investigation and the continued fallout. >> new pressure this morning from congress on the newly appointmented secret service director joe clancy already tasked with turning a troubled agency around before the latest embarrassment of agents allegedly drunk driving off hours around the white ho >> he's going to have to now put a high powered microscope on the agency from bottom to top. >> abc news has learned the agents were heading back to the white house after reportedly drinking at a retirement party for a colleague. around 11:30 p.m. they slowly drove their unmarked car through a crime scene tape bumping a barrier near the southeast entrance. uniformed officers at the white house wanted to give a sobriety test to the agents involved, one a senior supervisor and the other mark conley has been a constant presence at the
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president's side in recent years after the second ranking agent on the presidential detail there were no tests or arrests. a supervisor allegedly told the uniform officers to let the agents go. >> because this occurred in particular on white house property where the d.c. police were not involved the idea of being able to keep it internal apparently worked for a little while. >> director alerted for five days. this incident follows a series of failures. last fall a man with the knife jumped the fence and made it deep into the white house before being apprehended. when he took over, clancy vowed to change things. >> i've been trying to earn that trust. >> after these new allegations, that trust from a skeptical congress will be even harder to come by. reporting in northwest, susan folney, abc 7 news. >> the man who slipped by secret service agents and got into the white house is in court today. omar gonzalez expected to take a plea deal. his lawyer has not said what that deal will include. last september, the secret service said he scaled a white
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house fence and dashed into the executive mansion carrying a knife. closing arguments expected today in the murder trial for a local graduate student. he's charged with killing georgetown law student mark wall back in 2013. he originally confessed to stabbing him to death. now his attorneys say his girlfriend did it and that he was protecting her. she is not charged in the case. coming up on abc 7 news at noon new details about that bizarre bank heist in connecticut last night. why investigators are now questioning the victim. plus too much of a good thing. the recall impacting thousands of cars because a feature some say is just too dangerous. and in the weather department, rain is on the way but there is some nice weather in store as well. doug helping you make those weekend plans when we come back after the break.
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>> president obama will check on the progress of veterans care in phoenix today. the president will make a first time visit to the medical center where v.a. workers falsified those waiting lists to conceal chronic delays in care for service members. the president will get an overview on the health system's progress and its lingering needs. new information this noon on that bizarre bank heist in connecticut last month. there are new questions this noon about the bank executive's story after his lie detector results were revealed. matthew yussman told police two armed men strapped him what looked like a bomb before ordering him to rob the bank he worked for. the c.e.o. called police and the
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swat team before any money could be removed. the new warrant showed the lie detector test showed that he showed deception about his involvement in the home invasion. the two suspects haven't been caught. "7 on your side" with a consumer alert this noon. general motors recalling more than 64,000 chevy volts. it affects about 2011 through 2013 models. some car owners say the volt is so quiet they forget to shut it off. that can be dangerous if the car in your garage and the hybrid's gas engine kicks in causing carbon monoxide to build up. a software update is available that ensures it automatically shuts off after idling for an hour and a half. lottery registration is now open for the marine corps marathon. if you want to register for a chance to run the race make sure you log on to marinemarathon.com. that lottery will last for 10 days. runners will be notified of their status via e-mail starting on march 25th. until then, they may notice a $1 verification charge on their
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accounts. the 40th marine corps marathon is set for sunday, october 25th. >> just a couple of months from now but tomorrow is the big rock 'n' roll marathon, doug. big spring race. >> absolutely. another sign of spring. we'll have the forecast coming up in a couple of moments on that. but plan on rain in the morning for sure. let's get started. beautiful out again now. temperatures a bit cooler than they were this time yesterday. 44 right now as we look in laurel. clouds moving in.
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tomorrow, with the rain, temperatures will jump to 60 62 degrees across the area. very mild definitely a look and feel of spring tomorrow with spring showers. if you feel better calling them spring showers, call them spring showers just to be not a pleasant outdoor weather day. but the rain will get out of here by late in the afternoon when a cold front sweeps through. futurecast has some timing elements here by tonight, 9:00 they have it through the metro area already and that seems about right. on this representation, the areas of yellow show the heavier downpours and they will continue to swing through. but the analysis shows by early in the morning, the last of the heavy bands of rain should be moving through the region and, in fact, by midday, most of it should be in the east and then the cold front will come in the afternoon and that will pretty much shut down the rain and see
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clearing skies just in the time for sunday and as far as how much rain, 1.6 inches this computer model says for the immediate metro area. that's a heck of a lot of rain watch creeks and streams very, very carefully for the runoff. the rock 'n' roll marathon kicks off on constitution avenue at 7:30 tomorrow morning. it will be raining. temperatures are expected to be in the 50's for the race. and our next seven days, we'll get rid of the rain. but what we will find is skies clearing during the day on sunday. don't think they will be clear skies but some sun will get into the mid 50's and through monday and tuesday and wednesday and thursday it looks good. nice, dry weather. but notice the numbers, how they come down with the sunshine wednesday and thursday. i think by the end of next week and weekend, we'll be going into a prolonged period of below average temperatures again. not ice age 3 but definitely colder and more uncomfortable outdoor weather. my opinion. yours is welcome. >> all right.
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doug, we trust yours. tonight, "20/20" taking a look at america's unusual medical mysteries to pulling out your own hair to a fear of vomit. elizabeth vargas joins us with more on tonight's episode. you talked to a 16-year-old girl who pulls out her own hair? >> actually she's one of about 11 million people who do this. they call themselves tricksters but they do it to the point where they create bald spots. this is in a culture where, you know, hair beautiful hair is valued and put a premium on. so it's an unusual syndrome. it's torturous for the young people that mostly women who suffer from it. and scientists and doctors have no clue as to why it happens. and how it cure it. >> such interesting stuff. i know another story is about a runaway bride. can you tell us a little bit about that? >> yeah, this was a very interesting young woman. she suffers from something called ametaphobia which is a
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phobia about vomiting, the fifth most common phobia in the country and in the world. but a too embarrassed to actually admit it. i actually have it. i would do anything for my kids but with one of them throws up i run to the other room. and it's something -- it's a terror of it, actually. this young woman was engaged to be married. when she and fiance started talking about having a family together, she felt she could not try to get pregnant because she's so intensely afraid of having morning sickness. this caused a huge controversy and conflict between her and her fiance who could not understand why she would be willing to put on hold or not have this amazing life event. and he really wants kids. so it's a conflict that we weigh into tonight and show both sides. and the extreme lengths this woman goes to try to conquer this particular phobia. >> wow. definitely will have to tune in for this one. that episode of "20/20," "my
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strange affliction" airs tonight on abc 7 news at 10:00 followed by abc 7 news at 11:00. coming up right here on abc 7 news at noon president obama takes on his critics on twitter. and a big mistake at a valet in california has police looking for a car thief. details still ahead. a race, it's about getting to the finish line. in life, it's how you get there that matters most. like when i found out i had a blood clot in my leg.
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related signs or symptoms. do not take xarelto® if you have an artificial heart valve or abnormal bleeding. tell your doctor before all planned medical or dental procedures. before starting xarelto® tell your doct any conditions such as kidney, liver, or bleeding problems. xarelto® is proven to reduce the risk of dvt and pe, with no regular blood monitoring and no known dietary restrictions. >> when you hand your keys over for valet parking, you expect your car will be there when you return, right? that's not always the case. a california couple thought they were being pranked when a valet told them their car was given away by mistake. josh gale and his girlfriend ate dinner in newport beach, california. when they were ready to leave they were hit with the shocking news. >> the valet came up and said
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sir, we don't know how to tell you this but your car has been given away. we gave it to someone else. first thing that enters your mind is like where is the camera? there has to be a camera here somewhere. this is a joke, right? >> the valet has a description of the suspects but his car is still missing. the company that runs the valet stand apologizes and actively is supporting that customer. wow. president obama appeared on jimmy kimmel live and read tweets about himself. take a listen. >> is there any way we could fly obama to some golf course half way around the world and just leave him there? >> the president also read mean tweet abouts his gray hair his golfing habit and his jeans. along with the laughs, he discussed serious topics like ferguson and his recent remarks on the 50th anniversary of the march on selma. clouds are slowly moving in. doug is back with an update on the weekend forecast. that's next.
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>> rain headed our way. >> it looks like it will hold off until after the rush hour. rain move in 8:00 or 9:00. tomorrow, rain all day. heavy at times. over an inch. clearing skies in time for sunday. more about this at 4:00. >> ok. see you at 4:00 doug. >> see you at
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